With a population of over half a million people Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales. Located on Australia’s east coast, 160km north of Sydney, Newcastle has all services and amenities of a modern large city and is serviced by all major transport forms including its own public train and bus service. The city’s transport hubs are situated in the CBD only a short 15 to 20 minute easy walk from the location of the Pacific Warriors’ action day and entertainment at Horseshoe Beach.

Getting to Newcastle

Note: Except where indicated the fares quoted below are for one adult (economy/cheapest) return fare. Most services offer concession and/or children fares and other fare options. Check with provider when booking. Fare prices are subject to change and availability.

Car

Heading north (from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne) take the M1 Pacific Motorway that starts in Wahroonga, Sydney. Follow motorway and exit signs to Newcastle. From Wahroonga the drive takes about 2 hours (non-peak hour) and distance approximately 140km.

Heading south (from Brisbane) take either the Pacific Highway or New England Highway. Follow highway and exit signs to Newcastle. Drive takes about 9 hours (Pacific Highway) or 10 hours (New England Highway) and distance approximately 780km and 800km respectively.

As the Pacific Warriors action day is being held during business hours on a working day Friday you may find parking in and around Horseshoe Bay and the eastern CBD precinct to be at a premium, time limited and include paid parking. Best to plan where you are parking in advance, one alternative is to park outside the CBD area and come in via public transport.

http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/services/parking_and_transport

http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/services/transport/public_transport

Train

Note: Newcastle Station is in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD and only a short 15 minute walk across flat ground to the location of the Pacific Warriors action day and entertainment at Horseshoe Beach.

From Sydney:

An intercity train service leaves every half hour from Sydney Central Station for Newcastle Station. Budget around $20 for Sydney-Newcastle return fare and plan for just over a 2 hour trip each way. This train service also makes stops at Strathfield, Hornsby, Central Coast and Lake Macquarie stations.

Train timetable: www.sydneytrains.info/timetables

Note: If there is trackwork on this line then buses will replace trains between Sydney and Newcastle. This is at no extra cost to the passenger however typically adds to your travel time. There is currently no trackwork scheduled during the event period however it is always worth checking prior to your journey at: http://www.sydneytrains.info/service_updates/

From Canberra:

Daily train services run between Canberra and Sydney Central Station where you will need to change for train to Newcastle. Budget around $100 return fare for Canberra-Sydney leg and plan for 4 to 5 hours each way travel time. To this you will need to add fare, change and travel time for Sydney to Newcastle leg.

Note: Due to trackwork scheduled that weekend the return journey Sydney Central to Canberra is by coach for the entire journey.

http://www.nswtrainlink.info/

From Melbourne:

Daily train services run between Melbourne and Sydney Central Station where you will need to change for train to Newcastle. Budget around $230 for return fare for Melbourne-Sydney leg and plan for 12 hours each way travel time. To this you will need to add fare, change and travel time for Sydney to Newcastle leg.

http://www.nswtrainlink.info/

From Brisbane:

A daily train service runs between Brisbane and Broadmeadow Station (in Newcastle) where you will need to change for a local suburban train to Newcastle Station (about 4 stops away) or short taxi ride. Budget for around $210 return fare and plan for 15 hours each way travel time.

http://www.nswtrainlink.info/

Bus (Coach)

Note: Newcastle Bus Terminal is situated next to Newcastle Train Station in the CBD is in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD and only a short 15 minute easy walk across flat ground to the location of the Pacific Warriors action day and entertainment at Horseshoe Beach.

From Sydney:

Several bus operators provide daily coach services leaving Sydney Central Station for Newcastle. Budget around $60 for Sydney-Newcastle return fare and plan for 3 hour trip each way.

http://www.greyhound.com.au

From Canberra:

There are no direct bus services from Canberra to Newcastle. Instead you will need to bus to Sydney and change there for a bus or train to Newcastle. Due to this changeover the total time duration from leaving Canberra to arriving in Newcastle can range from 6 hours (bus/train) to 17 hours (bus only) and may require you to stay overnight in Sydney. Budget around $50 return fare for Canberra-Sydney leg and plan for 4 hours each way travel time. To this you will need to add fare, change and travel time for Sydney to Newcastle leg.

http://www.greyhound.com.au

From Melbourne:

There are no direct bus services from Melbourne to Newcastle. Instead you will need to bus to Sydney and change there for a bus or train to Newcastle. Due to this changeover the total time duration from leaving Melbourne to arriving in Newcastle can range from 17 (bus/train) to 26 hours and may require you to stay overnight in Sydney. Budget around $160 for Melbourne to Sydney return fare and plan for a 14 hour trip each way. To this you will need to add fare, change and travel time for Sydney to Newcastle leg.

http://www.greyhound.com.au

From Brisbane:

Several bus operators provide daily coach services leaving Brisbane Coach Terminal for Newcastle Budget for around $300 for Brisbane-Newcastle return fare and plan for 16 hour trip each way.

http://www.greyhound.com.au

Plane

Return flights to Newcastle can be made from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney with the following airlines; Qantas, Virgin Australia or Jetstar.

There are no direct flights from Canberra to Newcastle, instead passenger’s need to fly to Sydney and change.

Newcastle Airport is about 15km north of Newcastle’s CBD. A private bus company Port Stephens Coaches (www.pscoaches.com.au) has a regular airport transfer service each day that takes passengers from the airport to Newcastle Train Station in the CBD which takes about 35 minutes one way. Newcastle Train Station is in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD and only a short 15 minute easy walk to the location of the Pacific Warriors action day and entertainment at Horseshoe Beach.

http://www.pscoaches.com.au/timetables/network-timetables/Port_Stephens_To_Newcastle.pdf

The other airport transfer services are taxi cab or rental car – Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty and Budget rental car agents are available.

For return flights from the following cities:

  • Canberra – budget from around $300 return fare to Sydney and plan for an 55 minute trip each way for the Canberra-Sydney leg. To this you will need to add fare, change and travel time for Sydney to Newcastle leg
  • Brisbane – budget from around $140 return fare and plan for an 80 minute trip each way
  • Gold Coast – budget from around $200 return fare and plan for a 75 minute trip each way
  • Melbourne (Tullamarine) – budget from around $200 return fare and plan for a 90 minute trip each way
  • Sydney – budget from around $260 return fare and plan for a 45 minute trip each way

Summary

 

Car

Bus

Train

Plane***

 

Fare

Time

Fare

Time

Fare

Time

Fare

Time

Sydney

N/A

2 hours*

$60

3 hours

$20

3 hours

$260

45 minutes

Canberra

N/A

6 hours

$50**

4 hours**

$100**

5 hours**

$300**

55 min**

Melbourne

N/A

11 hours

$160**

14 hours**

$230**

12 hours**

$200

90 minutes

Brisbane

N/A

9 hours

$300

16 hours

$210

15 hours

$140

80 minutes

Key:

Fare – Except where indicated the fares quoted in table are for one adult (economy/cheapest) return fare. Most services offer concession and/or children fares and other fare options. Check with provider when booking. Fare prices are subject to change and availability.

Time – Approximate travel time for trip one-way.

* Travel time from the start of the M1 in Wahroonga, Sydney

** Covers leg to Sydney only. Need to add fare, change and travel time for Sydney to Newcastle leg.

*** Plane fare and time is to Newcastle Airport only and does not include transfer services into Newcastle.

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